I have been drawing family homes for the last 10 years. My pictures include the people and loved ones that go with the house, so every commission tells a family's story. My house portraits are as personal as I can make them. I aim to capture a moment in time, including hobbies, interests, pets and the everyday things people have in their lives.

I also draw workplace portraits, such as restaurants, pubs, offices, hospitals and factories. All the personnel and details that make a business special are incorporated within the drawing. My pictures often become a talking point, and stand out from photographs when used to advertise in print and online publications.

In addition I draw maps of towns highlighting local culture, iconic features and places of historical interest.

I developed my style using skills I picked up art directing during a brief spell in advertising, bringing ideas to life with marker pens and drawing story boards. I also spent a year making etchings. I have moved from one of the most traditional art processes to embracing twenty-first century art technology.

My pictures are all sketched, inked, then coloured with a digital pen. This process is invaluable as it gives my clients a chance to take part in the creative process. Each drawing takes between thirty to forty hours to finish. On completion of the first draft I offer clients the opportunity to have changes and tweaks, ensuring complete customer satisfaction.

My clients come from all walks of life – personal, corporate, public bodies and even the occasional celebrity. I am always discreet and will never give any personal information away.

I am from the Potteries and live and work in Stone, Staffordshire.

I have images licensed as jigsaws with WHSmith and Jumbo, and fine china mugs made by Staffordshire based Dunoon Ceramics.

I also have large art installations in hospital wards at The Royal Stoke, County Hospital and in the main entrance hall of

The Haywood Hospital, all in North Staffordshire.


Photograph Daniel Moore

© Emma Joustra  2017  All Images and text can only be used with permission from the artist